Richmond business owners say clubs are bringing crime to Shockoe Bottom

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police are reporting that one of the three victims who was shot early Sunday at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market in downtown Richmond has died.

Representatives said that Robert D. Turner Jr., 26, of the 2300 block of Fairfield Avenue died Sunday from injuries he received during the shooting.

Police say three people were injured in the shooting that happened around 3 a.m.

Police were called to the intersection of North 17th and East Franklin Streets for a report of two people down. When they arrived, they found a man and woman suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Both were transported to the hospital.

Scene footage at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market where police say 3 people were shot early Sunday.

While police were at the first scene, they received another call about a person shot. That man was transported in a personal vehicle to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police just identified that man as Turner. They say he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Medical Examiner is investigating the cause and manner of death.

“This shooting occurred when many patrons were leaving establishments in the Shockoe Bottom area,” said Richmond Police Capt. James Laino. “If you saw anything or have any information, we need to hear from you.”

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Bridges at (804) 646-4494.

No shooter information has been released at this time, but police are asking for the public’s help. Anyone who may have seen anything is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at http://www.7801000.com. Submit tips to GUN250 about persons illegally possessing guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

The incident took place just a few blocks from where the annual Richmond Bacon Festival was set to take place, and not far from local businesses Havanna 59 and Rosie Connolly’s Pub Restaurant.

Police say Old City Bar, another nearby restaurant on Main Street, was hit by a stray bullet.

8News reporter Tracey Smith spoke with David Napier, the owner of Old City Bar about the incident.

“It’s pretty disturbing when you go to make a pot of coffee and see a bullet has hit the coffee machine that you’re getting ready to use,” Napier said.

Napier blames the incident and the increase in crime on nearby clubs.

“They get them drunk, over serve ‘em, throw them out in the street and then it’s not their fault when they shoot each other in the parking lot,” Napier said.

Plush and Image are right around the corner from where the shooting took place.

Employees at Plush said they had no incidents Saturday night. Since the owner was unavailable, they would not comment on the club’s impact on recent crime.

But Napier said he’s fed up.

“Let me make this perfectly clear. It will not continue and we will shut them down,” Napier said. “It has taken a lot of my time away from my business. I’m trying to make a living but they will be out of business soon.”

Napier is also the president of the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association and he wants customers to know the area is safe a majority of the time.

“We never have a problem until 1:30 a.m. and whatever happens, is done by 3,” Napier said. “So between 1:30 and 3 a.m., be somewhere else.”

He’s determined to get this crime out of the neighborhood altogether.

“I don’t care if they do it somewhere else. Not in Shockoe bottom. Not on my watch,” Napier said. “I can’t fix the world but I’ve got to start with this little place down here.”

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